tutorStudy Options
Improve your vocabulary, listening or reading skills with the quizzes below.
Vocabulary Quiz
quite • poor area • farm
mines • brave
  1. I live on a and this is the time of year when we plant the vegetables.
  2. Being tired makes me feel old.
  3. Some people think that he's , but I think his actions are stupid.
  4. This is a and many people live together in small apartments.
  5. Many people got sick from working long days in the .
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
Audio Links
headphones

Download this MP3
(right click and save)

Buy this MP3 +1300
more MP3 and PDF

image

110 Wales
Kevin talks a little about life in his home country of Wales.

  • Transcript
  • Audio Notes
notes
Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

quite

Wales is quite a small country.

Used in this way, 'quite' can be replaced by really or actually.  We can use this word to demonstrate contrast between fact and what people usually believe.  Notice the following:

  1. It was quite a stressful trip, but it was nice to go away for a few days.
  2. He is actually quite a short man in real life.

poor area

Wales is quite a poor area.

A 'poor area' is an area where people don't have a lot of money.  Here the houses, buildings and streets may not be very nice and it can also be more dangerous.  Notice the following:

  1. The new governor wants to do a lot of work in the poor areas of the city.
  2. Because he came from such a poor area, he will always appreciate what he has now.

farm

A lot of people in Wales are farmers.

A 'farm' is an area outside of the city where there is a lot of open space and farmers grow fruits, vegetables or grains and raise animals to sell.  Notice the following:

  1. We had pigs and chickens on our farm.
  2. She lived on a dairy farm when she was little.

mine

A lot of people in Wales mine for coal.

A 'mine' is hole in the earth where people dig for minerals,  metals or precious stones.  Notice the following:

  1. Many workers got very sick from being down in mines all day.
  2. There was a copper mine on the property.

brave

You have to be very brave to surf in Wales.

To be 'brave' is to not be afraid of something that would scare most other people.  You can also be brave in a difficult, but not necessarily dangerous situation.  Notice the following:

  1. I know you are in a difficult situation, but you have to be brave.
  2. Even when we was a little boy he was always very brave about visits to the doctor.